Arakanese nationals arrested by Burma Army

Yangon (Narinjara)

25 January 2016

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Two Arakanese nationals were arrested by Burma army personnel last week from Sittwe central market. Soon after their arrest, Hsan Win Tun and Arno alias Kyaw Soe Moe were taken away by the army personals to an unknown location, their families claimed.

“On Friday noon, three army personnel in plainclothes first entered into the Sittwe Market.  Later three more army personnel in uniforms arrived there and detained Hsan Win Tun and Kyaw Soe Moe. Both of them were blind-folded and then brought to an army vehicle to take away them,” said the sister of Hsan Win Tun.

The army officials did not explain any reason to the families about the arrest of  Hsan Win Tun and Kyaw Soe Moe, both of whom are at Thirties and used to work at a fish market in Sittwe.

However, the family members apprehended that they were arrested suspecting to some kinds of connection with the recent fighting between the Burma Army and Arakan Army.

The sister of Kyaw Soe Moe also stated that they did not protest against the arrest as the army personnel were in gun-toting mode. She also claimed that no civilian administrator or police personnel were present at the time of arrest. Moreover, they were not given any official letters by the army officials.

Narinjara tried to contact the Sittwe police station through telephone for details, but no one was willing to cooperate on the mater.

Prior to it, three other Arakanese nationals were detained by the army personnel on 21 January suspecting their links with the Arakan Army.

Among the detainees, there was a prominent social worker named Ko Maung Aye from laik  Khamaw village under Kyauk Pru township, whose family members also claimed that they have not given any information by the army officials.